— The Children’s Museum of the Highlands has teamed up with AdventHealth to give its hospital exhibit a fresh look as part of a larger museum update. In the new “hospital,” children can wear a lab coat and give their parents an exam, x-ray plants and animals, learn about the body and healthy nutrition or just play in the pint-sized puzzle and game area.
“Everyone knows playing at the museum is fun,” said Rosalie Oliver, Chief Financial Officer at AdventHealth Lake Placid, Sebring and Wauchula. “However, not everyone knows that play is critical in helping kids develop the social, emotional and cognitive skills they need to thrive. We believe this partnership perfectly demonstrates our mission ‘to extend the healing ministry of Christ’.”
“Our newest exhibit, the AdventHealth ‘hospital,’ provides a fun learning environment that allows our kids to explore the world of medicine through hands-on play,” said Jessica Hartline, Children’s Museum of the Highlands Board President. “A child’s imagination can run wild as they examine x-rays and diagnose and treat illness for their parents or caregivers.”
“Kids learning and exploring the world around them through play is our main mission here at the museum,” stated Kelly Dressel, Children’s Museum of the Highlands Executive Director. “Our new AdventHealth Hospital exhibit has created a unique setting to use their creativity and imagination to become our future medical professionals. I expect a lot of pretend boo-boos from parents so the kids can doctor them up.”
The Heartland region is home to AdventHealth Sebring, AdventHealth Lake Placid and AdventHealth Wauchula. All three hospitals are consistently ranked as some of the top in the nation by the prestigious Leapfrog Group which recognizes the best hospitals for patient safety. Additionally, AdventHealth Wauchula has been awarded Top Rural Hospital by the prestigious group on numerous occasions and was the only hospital in Florida to receive that designation in 2019.
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